THE ABCS OF HVAC
What does it stand for?
HVAC is in common use in the heating and cooling industry. It stands for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning,” three functions often combined into one system in today’s modern homes and buildings. Warmed or cooled or dehumidified air flows through a series of tubes – called ducts – to be distributed to all the rooms of your house. A central HVAC system is the most quiet and convenient way to cool an entire home.
Unless you live in an amazingly temperate climate, the HVAC system in your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 44 percent of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling.
Like many other appliances, HVAC systems have improved in energy efficiency in the last decade. As a result, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your HVAC equipment.
Another development of the 1990s is the whole house approach to heating and cooling. Coupled with an energy efficient furnace, heat pump or air-conditioner, the whole house approach can have a great impact on your energy bills. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, weatherization and thermostat settings – properly regulated with a programmable thermostat, of course – you may be able to cut your energy bills in half.
The importance of maintaining your HVAC system
As with most things, it is better to be proactive rather than reactive. When it comes to your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, you want to be proactive about maintaining it. Especially because when an HVAC system breaks down, it can be costly to repair or replace. The best part of maintaining your HVAC systems is not only the money you’ll save, but the time as well. This means less time without heat and/or cooling, and less money replacing parts.
When you have regular maintenance for your HVAC systems, you’re making sure you have a well ventilated, heated, and cooled home. A well maintained HVAC system has an extended the life and help with the overall comfort of the home or building.
The best way to maintain a HVAC system is to consider hiring a service company to do so. By doing so, you’ll ensure that your filters are replaced, evaporator and condenser coils are cleaned and treated, and that the duc work is inspected for leaks. All this adds up to cleaner indoor air and a more comfortable home without hurting your pocket.